Mum’s plea: ‘Sort out our play park’

A MUM has approached parents and youngsters to discover what facilities they would like to see in Acle after becoming outraged by the poor state of the local play park.

Danniella Peacock circulated more than 200 questionnaires this week with the aim of presenting the results at the next Acle parish council meeting.

The 40-year-old took action after becoming angered by the children’s park off Bridewell Lane, which she claims has not changed in decades and is becoming dangerous.

A move to improve the standard of the park came last week when new wooden slats were installed on a bench and sign was erected warning youngsters to stay off the broken seesaw.

Meanwhile, the Acle Recreation Centre committee, who oversee the play park, said they are in the process of trying to secure land for a new children’s play area.

Mrs Peacock, who had lived in the village for 12 years, said: “The repairs in the park are a small thing which have not taken much effort - it is the whole thing which needs to be sorted.

“I just want the council and the recreation centre committee to take us seriously. There are hundreds of children in this village and not all of them are satisfied by cricket, bowls and tennis.

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“I have already had lots of support from the other mums who said they will do anything they can to help.

“We are just a group of local mums who are trying to improve the services for young people.”

Briant Grint, committee member for the Acle Recreation Centre committee, said they are in support of creating new facilities for children in the village.

He said: “To fund a new playground you are talking about a cost of �50,000. But we are considering a piece of land for a new children’s playground for both primary and pre-school children.

“We have also been trying to fund a sports hall which will serve the whole community. But if we want to do this we are talking about county council funding, which is difficult to secure at the moment.”

The next Acle Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday, September 26 at 7.30pm.